Thursday, 29 January 2009

Better than American football

This Sunday is "Super Bowl Sunday". Now I'm not big into American football (probably haven't watched any since I last lived in America, which was in 2003), but I will be watching the Super Bowl final this year, even though the game does not start until after midnight German time.

The Pittsburgh Steelers will be playing the Arizona Cardinals. That basically meant almost nothing to me when I found out who the finalists were. In those kind of situations, I usually support the underdog and I'm told that would be the Cardinals.

So there we go. I now know which team I will be supporting. But I don't know anything about the players. Except for one, that is. I read about him today. His name is Kurt Warner and he has an amazing life story...

He did well playing American football in high school and at college, but was not able to get into a professional team after college. So he got a job stacking shelves at a grocery store for $5.50 an hour. In 1997, he married Brenda and adopted her two children from a previous marriage, one of them being paraplegic. Brenda's parents had both died in a hurricane a year earlier. After doing well in Arena football, he played in the NFL Europe for a year before becoming a player in the NFL with the St. Louis Rams with whom he won the Super Bowl as well as two MVP awards. Now, at the age of 37, he is in another Super Bowl final with the Arizona Cardinals, who might be the surprise team of this season and may even have a chance of winning the final.

Kurt Warner has certainly had a remarkable career - from shelf stacker at a grocery store to Super Bowl winner and MVP. And there is a chance he might win another Super Bowl this Sunday. But American football is not the most important thing in his life. He knows there is something much better than that. Kurt has a personal relationship with his Saviour, Jesus Christ, and it is Him he seeks to follow and honour with his life. He has become renowned for always thanking Jesus for everything before answering any interview questions. Take a look at the video below:

Kurt Warner's commitment to Jesus Christ is evident not only by his words, but also by his actions. He started the First Things First Foundation and gives much of his money and time to share the love of Christ with those people who are less fortunate in life. In doing so, he is living out the words of Jesus when he said: "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." (Matthew 6:33)

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